17 days in India Itinerary

17 days in India Itinerary

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17 days in India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Agra
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mathura
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Jaipur
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Munnar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Thekkady
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Alappuzha
— 1 night
train:  1​h
11
Kochi (Cochin)
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: Tehran

2
nights
Varanasi

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Varanasi is known for nature, historic sites, shopping, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Ganges River, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), and look for gifts at The Bed Silk & Pashmina.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Varanasi road trip planner.

New Delhi to Varanasi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Varanasi can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Humayun's Tomb, enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, ponder the world of politics at Parliament Of India, and admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip builder website .

You can fly from Varanasi to New Delhi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Varanasi in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New Delhi: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

1
night
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Jahangir Mahal, make a trip to Diwan E Aam, and then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Agra day trip planner.

You can drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Agra are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mathura.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Jahangir Mahal ©
Jahangir Mahal
Diwan E Aam ©
Diwan E Aam

1
day
Mathura

Mathura ©
Split by the sacred Yamuna River, Mathura's claim to fame is being the birthplace of Krishna, the widely revered Hindu god.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gopishvar Mahadev Temple, don't miss a visit to Mata Vaishno Devi Dham, then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Vrindavan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banke Bihari Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mathura travel planner .

You can drive from Agra to Mathura in 2 hours. In March in Mathura, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Mathura

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vrindavan
Highlights from your plan
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham ©
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham
ISKCON Vrindavan ©
ISKCON Vrindavan
Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math ©
Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, and then step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Agra holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mathura to Agra takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

2
nights
Jaipur

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Jal Mahal, then explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, and then stop by K.L. Jewellers. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jaipur trip planner .

Getting from Agra to Jaipur by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur

1
night
Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kochi (Cochin) trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Kochi (Cochin) takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kochi (Cochin) when traveling from Jaipur in March, with lows around 29°C. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Munnar.
Highlights from your plan
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets

1
night
Munnar

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Rose Gardens and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tea Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Munnar day trip site .

Drive from Kochi (Cochin) to Munnar in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Munnar are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Thekkady.

Things to do in Munnar

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Rose Gardens ©
Rose Gardens

1
night
Thekkady

Thekkady ©
Centered on an artificial lake, Thekkady provides a sanctuary to a diverse set of animals and plant species.
On the 27th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Junction and then look for all kinds of wild species at Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Plan a Thekkady trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Munnar to Thekkady takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Alappuzha.

Things to do in Thekkady

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Periyar Tiger Reserve ©
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Elephant Junction ©
Elephant Junction

1
night
Alappuzha

Alappuzha ©
Affectionately known as Alleppey to locals and tourists alike, Alappuzha acts as a major transport and cultural hub on the Kerala backwaters.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then kick back and relax at Alappuzha Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Alappuzha journey builder site .

Drive from Thekkady to Alappuzha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Alappuzha can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Alappuzha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Marari Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marari Beach ©
Marari Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Alappuzha Beach ©
Alappuzha Beach

1
night
Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi (Cochin) ©
To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi (Cochin) sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Alappuzha to Kochi (Cochin) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Kerala Kathakali Centre ©
Kerala Kathakali Centre

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